555 Challenge – Week #50 Niger

December 24, 2013 by Open Doors in ,

Niger In reaction to the US-produced film on Islam, Muslim demonstrators burned the Catholic Church in Zinder, Niger’s second largest city, to the ground. Following the Jumu’ah prayers, Muslims gathered in crowds on the streets of Zinder protesting against the film that they say belittles Islam. The Muslims were allegedly responding on the calls from local Imams to display their resentment with the film, ‘Innocence of Muslims’. Muslim extremists regard anything originating from America as ‘Christian’. Since the film was produced in America, the minute local Christian community in Zinder had to face the brunt for what Muslims claim is a misrepresentation of the prophet Muhammed. Once in the city center, the crowd divided into groups of 200, 300 and 500 people, and headed for the churches in town. While marching past the governor’s house towards the city center, they were shouting anti-American slogans. Several churches were severely damaged as a result of the rampant violence that followed. The Winners Chapel was raided and also set on fire. The Union of Evangelical and Protestant churches’ community center and the Church of the Assemblies of God were severely vandalized. An unknown number of Christians were injured in the rioting. By the time police were able to quell the upheaval, the crowds dispersed into smaller groups, and headed for the homes and businesses of individual Christians. The home of the Evangelical church pastor and homes of members of the Catholic Church were targeted and seriously damaged. Pray Share Give

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